Still, Rollins seemed confident that some question would emerge.
"We're trying to take advantage of the fact that you're in the capital city of a state. We want to get something that's very local."
That's where the real knowledge is.
Rollins said, "In Pierre, South Dakota, what a lot of people don't know is they had a massive flood last year. A lot of the city was hip deep in water for about a hundred days. Thankfully, no one died, but the whole city got hit really hard and they're rebuilding, they're planting trees, but the flood escaped national news."
Still, while he's picking up new information, Rollins said the tour hasn't provided a new understanding about America as a whole.
"I've been touring America for 31 years," he said. "I rarely stay in a hotel. I live on a tour bus. Before that, I lived in a van and that puts you very, very low to the ground when it comes to America."
After all that time, he thought he had a pretty good idea of what there is to know. However, Rollins explained that just because he already knows the lesson, doesn't mean he isn't taught it over and over again. The way he's shown it is presented differently from time to time, but the end result is the same.
"And that is: Americans are a good people," he said. "And we're put through our paces very hard."
After his shows, Rollins hangs out by the tour bus with fans and people who just want to talk or connect. He signs autographs, poses for pictures and listens. Often, the people who come out to the shows tell him stories.
He's heard a lot about hardship: the aftermath of two wars, health problems, frustration with the government.
"They tell these incredible stories. These are people who've lost a brother or a husband in Afghanistan. They tell their stories and it's just impossible for me to be prejudiced."
Rollins said, "The more Americans I meet, as the years go on, the more deeply I feel about America. I don't see it so much as a land mass or a set of rules and laws, but as an idea.
"I love the idea of America and love it more every year."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.